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10 January 2015

Sometimes when it's cold and rainy, you need a little slice of sunshine to bring some warmth back into your life. It can be hard to be cheery after Christmas - all the lights and decorations have been packed away for another year, and everyone is feeling very poor and desperately trying to keep up ambitious resolutions.

While this isn't one for those of you doing dry-January, a little Caribbean spirit can be just the ticket at this time of year. Malibu reminds me of teenage parties and pineapple juice, and it's absolute heaven when paired with silky coconut cream. This reunion was everything I'd hoped for and more - and I hope you love it too.

A Caribbean beauty queen this cake is not, but she can certainly hold her drink.
100g butter
50g coconut oil
150g caster sugar
100g ground almonds
50g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
3 tbsp malibu
for the icing & filling
200g icing sugar
zest of 1 orange
50g coconut cream

Line a 6 inch cake tin with baking parchment, and preheat your oven to 180C. Next, weigh the softened butter and caster sugar into a lat until creamed and pale. Add the eggs and 1 tbsp of the almonds, and beat until smooth and combined. Add the coconut oil, remaining ground almonds, flour and baking powder, and beat until mixed through. Spoon into the prepared tin, and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and springy. 

Once cooked, allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool for a further 10 minutes. Next, carefully slice the cake into four equal disks. Brush each slice with malibu, allowing it to soak into the sponge. 

To make the filling, beat the coconut cream for a few seconds to soften a little. Add the icing sugar, and carefully mix to combine. Add the orange zest, and enough malibu to bring the mix to a buttercream consistency - I do this a teaspoon at a time. Beat for 5 minutes or so until fluffy and pale. 

To assemble, smooth the filling over each layer, add the next, and finish with a final layer of icing. Decorate if you like, or dig in straight away.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, so glad this inspired you to bake! :) L x



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